Category Archives: Seasons of Change

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New Creation: A Study of Butterflies

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

By: Jennifer Mullen

As a teacher by trade, I often find myself wanting to push my children academically to learn new skills, but I have learned that as a mother of a toddler and of a preschooler my role as a teacher is so much more fun than skill and drill.  I get to show the world to my children, and in turn I get to see the world through their eyes.

I have resigned to follow their curiosities about life instead of forcing skills that will come with time.  My five-year-old daughter has shown a great interest in butterflies so we embarked on a four-week journey to learn all we can about butterflies. Continue reading

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The Inevitable

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and it’s leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.  Psalms 1:3 NASB

By: Gretchen Speer

I rearrange my furniture almost every week.  My husband left the living room for a few minutes tonight and when he came back everything was on the opposite side of the room from where it started.

Derek: “Why?”

Me:  “Why What?”

Derek:  “Why did you change it again?  I liked how it was!”

Me:  “Because I like change!  This is a creative outlet for me.”

Derek:  “I just want peace in here.”

My poor husband, I do like change.  I change my purse several times a week, even if I’m perfectly happy with the one I’m carrying.  Change is good; it’s a fresh start, a new adventure…right?

Right.  Well, Sometimes. Continue reading

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Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 2

Continued from Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1

By: Sarah Smith

So, here I sit…reflecting and remembering.  I need a Bible verse to support where I am right now. I need to find strength in His Word.  I type in several different word combinations to search for the right one and read several different pages with various verses…this one catches my eye.  

Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, “I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.’ Is this what you are asking about among yourselves?  I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. That is how it is with you: now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you. John 16:19-22

This takes me back to when I was cherishing having Fisher all to myself in my womb.  And, if you are a mom, you know that following delivery, all that matters is the joy of holding that newborn baby.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a long, painful labor process or if it’s an easy delivery or a c-section – our hearts are filled with gladness when we hold our child. Continue reading

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Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1

”When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world.” John 16:21

By: Sarah Smith

I was having a hard time finding inspiration for this week’s blog post.  I’ve been so emotional lately…April is a hard month for various reasons and now it’s amplified because May 18th is fast approaching…what is May 18th?  My oldest son will graduate from high school.  Sigh…so hard to say that out loud, let alone type it, as if my silence could prevent it from happening.

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So, imagine my delight when reading Dana’s post from last week, a beautiful reflection on her daughter’s first year and excerpts from a letter to be given to her at a later date.  I decided to build on her idea and give a view from the ‘other side’ as my son is about to graduate from high school.

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Focusing on Who He Is Rather Than What I Am

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
 he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3

By: Kerri Young

This is a big month, and particularly an eventful week, for my family. My husband finished his job March 1, so we are now without significant income until we depart for our new home, Lord willing, in May. I am in the process of wrapping up my coaching job and passing on the mantle to my assistant coach. We are down to our last few days in our house and preparing for a big moving sale Wednesday through Friday to—hopefully—get rid of most of our belongings. We are moving across the world and cannot take it all with us. We are also gearing up for our going away party that will take place on Saturday. And, on top of all that, we are trying our best to give our children some sense of normality in the midst of our lives getting turned upside down.

I’m going to be honest with you….

I am overwhelmed…because there is so much that needs to get done in the next two weeks before we roll out of town that I’m just not confident we’ll get it all done.

I am exhausted…because for the few short hours I am able to lie in bed at night I find myself unable to sleep because my brain is constantly thinking of all the things that need to get done.

I am sad…because we have to say goodbye to the bed my daughter sleeps in that belonged to my granny, the dishes we’ve had since we got married and the Kitchenkitchen shades I so painstakingly worked to find on ebay after they were discontinued at Pottery Barn…not to mention all my cheer peeps, our friends, and the church family we have grown to love here in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading